THE family of a woman sexually assaulted as she slept in her Cranbourne North home wants the man responsible booted out of the country.
Family members have even offered to pay for a one-way ticket for South Sudanese refugee Lang Kouth, 21, who has lived in Australia since he was nine years old.
Kouth was sentenced to four years’ prison on November 29 after he pleaded guilty to sexual assault, aggravated burglary and theft, as well as unlicensed and careless driving.
The court heard a drunken Kouth entered the family’s home through an unlocked door, stealing a mobile phone and car keys before going into the bedroom.
There he took off his shoes and climbed into the couple’s bed, aggressively kissing and biting a woman.
Kouth then bolted from the home and stole the family’s Ford Falcon. He was picked up by police about 3.30am after losing control of the vehicle and smashing into a tree.
Speaking to the Leader after Kouth’s court appearance, the victim’s mother-in-law said the family was now living a nightmare.
“He’s got two years and three months, my son and daughter have a lifetime of flashbacks and trauma,” she said.
She said she had started an online petition asking that refugees and immigrants who receive jail sentences of more than 12 months have their residency revoked and be deported.
Under the Migration Act 1958, the immigration minister may refuse or cancel a visa on character grounds and nonresidents can have their visa cancelled if they have been convicted of a crime that carries a prison sentence of 12 months or longer.
The woman said her daughter-in-law had been left traumatised by the assault.
“My daughter-in-law … she woke up and just saw a pair of white eyes looking at her,” she said.
“We are left living in a prison in my house now; I was just out in the backyard and I had the door locked and deadbolted and my back door locked in case someone was able to sneak in past me.
“He’s not a kid, he knew what he did was wrong … he used alcohol as an excuse but you still know right from wrong whether you are on ice or heroin or blind drunk.”
The Department of Immigration confirmed Kouth was an Australian citizen, but would not speak further about the case.
Liberty Victoria president Jessie Taylor said having different laws for citizens born in Australia and citizens born overseas would set up different classes of citizenship, which was not something Australia should consider.
She said Australian law allowed citizenship to be revoked if a person was found to be fighting with the armed forces of a country at war with Australia, but if it was extended beyond that it could lead to a slippery slope where any number of other people could be exiled.
“It is completely understandable that the family of this victim is angry and distressed, however, we believe that the proposal is not justified,” she said.
“Citizenship can and should only be cancelled in extreme circumstances.
“We cannot simply deport people who commit antisocial or criminal behaviour once they have become citizens.”
A Victoria Legal Aid spokeswoman said visas could not be refused or cancelled on the basis of a person’s nationality or membership of a particular cultural group.
“The minister must strike a balance between the risk a person poses, and the profound consequences for people whose visas are cancelled,” she said.
“The consequence for some will be either return to persecution or harm, or indefinite detention in Australia because they can’t be sent back.”
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